Individual differences within and across attentional blink tasks revisited

Dale, Gillian, Dux, Paul E. and Arnell, Karen M. (2013) Individual differences within and across attentional blink tasks revisited. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 75 3: 456-467. doi:10.3758/s13414-012-0415-8

Author Dale, Gillian
Dux, Paul E.
Arnell, Karen M.
Title Individual differences within and across attentional blink tasks revisited
Journal name Attention Perception & Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1943-3921
Publication date 2013-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/s13414-012-0415-8
Volume 75
Issue 3
Start page 456
End page 467
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract When the second of two targets (T2) is presented in close temporal proximity (within 200-500 ms) to the first (T1), the accuracy for reporting T2 is reduced relative to when the targets are separated by longer durations; this effect is known as the attentional blink (AB). Two recent studies have shown that individual differences in the magnitudes of the AB are stable both within a single testing session and over time. While one study found a large positive correlation between AB magnitudes when there was an attentional-set/task switch between T1 and T2 and when there was not, the other study found no relationship between the switch and no-switch paradigms. The present study was conducted to clarify this discrepancy by examining the reliability of, and relationships among, individual differences in AB performance on five different versions of the standard dual-target RSVP paradigm, three of which involved an attentional-set/task switch between T1 and T2, and two of which did not. Participants completed all five paradigms, and then returned 7-10 days later to again complete the same paradigms. The performance on all five versions was reliable both within and across testing sessions, demonstrating again that individual differences in AB performance are stable over time. In addition, all five AB versions were significantly intercorrelated, although the strengths of the relationships differed depending on the extent to which the T1 and T2 attentional sets/tasks overlapped. These findings provide evidence that multiple distinct dual-target RSVP tasks do share underlying variability, providing support for the use of different versions of the paradigm in the literature.
Keyword Attentional blink
Dual-task performance
Individual differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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